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This month we are highlighting appetizers or snacks.  

This gives us so many choices to pick from and it was really hard for us to pick one.  But after I thought long and hard about it, I had to go with dad’s crack.  Snorts – no not that kind of crack.  Dad actually has a snack treat that we call crack.  Why crack?  Because he can’t keep his hands out of the container when mom fixes it – snorts with piggy laughter.  And when mom makes this, she fixes a whole bunch because it goes fast.  You can use it as a snack or bring it to a party.  So now, all of you can fix it and get hooked to on it.  Enjoy my friends.

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1 bag of short pretzels (dad prefers these but you can use any kind of pretzel you want).  For a bag of pretzels, we pay $1.29

2 bags of peanut butter morsels.  You find these on the baking aisle.  We paid $1.50 for each bag on this shopping trip.

2 boxes of movie theater sized Reeses Pieces (you know the kind they showed in the movie E.T – ha)  These were $1.00 each in the store

Optional – a bag of toasted coconut.  Sometimes dad likes this and other times he doesn’t.  A bag of coconut costs $2.49 in the store.

Now, first up.  If you are going to do the coconut you need to do this first.  Put the coconut on a tray and stick it in the oven.  Mom puts it under the broiler for a few minutes.  Keep an eye on it because it will burn quickly.  Toast the coconut and then set it aside to cool.

While your coconut is cooling, get a BIG bowl.  Yep the bigger the better in this case.  Pour in your entire bag of pretzels followed by your Reeses Pieces and peanut butter morsels.  When your coconut is cool, throw it into the party as well.  Then stir everything together and make sure it is nicely mingled.  Mom then packages the crack into individual containers for dad’s destruction.

So you see, it’s an easy snack that goes a long way and peeps love it!  The final cost for this snack is less than $9.00 (with coconut) and that should last either a couple of weeks,  one night at a party or two days with dad – snorts.  And never fear, if you don’t like peanut butter, just substitute items for what you do love.  For example any kind of chocolate candy and any kind of baking morsels.  Happy crack my friends.

 

 
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Posted by on 03/30/2016 in Shopping Around the World

 

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Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day


Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

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Today March 1st is also a sticky day – it’s National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. It salutes America’s favorite sandwich spread. Who didn’t have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while growing up? Heck, Bacon’s dad still has one for lunch every day now!

Smooth peanut butter is by far the most popular followed by crunchy. These days, they even have extra crunch…which is what Bacon’s dad eats and loves!

You can put peanut butter on sandwiches, crackers or celery – mostly anything that can ‘hold’ the wonderful substance. Bacon has been known to get some on celery – lucky little piggy.

Celebrate this day with a little – or a lot – of peanut butter. Heck, maybe top it off with a nice tall glass of cold milk. Sounds like a fabulous day to me!

And the question of the day – what is your favorite brand? Smooth or crunchy?

 
 

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Daddy is Going to Be a Happy Guy

  Snorts – mommy helped out some Girl Scouts weeks ago by purchasing some cookies.  Guess what came in today?  Yep, you are right – the cookies.  Now, remember mom is trying to change her eating styles – especially after the food she shoveled ate last week.  And yes, the Thin Mints are hers.  She says that she is going to put them in the freezer because they freeze well.

We shall see how many she gets of daddy’s Peanut Butter Delights/Tagalongs or his Caramel DeLites/Samoas.  I’m licking my piggy lips just thinking about those.  I’m sure mom will freeze some of dad’s stash too.  Why should she be the only suffering – snorts with piggy laughter.

Have you supported your Girl Scout yet?

 
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Posted by on 02/29/2016 in Bacon

 

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A Message From My Daddy – Food Porn

Daddy wanted to make sure that he told everyone that wished him Happy Birthday yesterday – thank you so very much.  It really touched his little heart.  Mom surprised him by coming home early yesterday from the worky place and taking him to one of his favorite restaurants that has all you can eat crab legs.  Afterwards, she then took him to a local diner for a small slice of birthday cake – which also happened to be his favorite peanut butter cake.  I’m attaching photos for you to see how happy he was my friends 🙂


Dad says it’s all about preparation first so it’s important to have your tools of the trade in hand and ready to go waiting for the endless crab legs to arrive to the party.  This is his serious face of bring on the feast.Then when the guest of honor arrives on it’s platter, dad says it’s important for separation.  Take each ‘leg’ off gently now.  This allows for you to overtake your opponent in a more civilized manner without popping crab legs across the room.  I’m thinking with daddy saying that, it’s had to happen to him before.  What do you think?  Snorts.  Then you pop the pieces that you can… gently though.  It’s not the time to be strong armed and you want to be gentle with your crab.  And sometimes dad says it helps to talk to your food.  Mom said she heard him telling these crab, “I know… I can’t wait for you to be in my belly too.”Shaking piggy head.  Yes.  I truly believe daddy needs professional help… maybe a straight jacket and padded room too.  I’m just sayin’.

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And if you did all of this, you will be so fortunate to pull out full pieces of crab meat from those succulent legs.  Just look at that long piece of meat dad is fixing to devour there.  Mom will tell you in a heartbeat, she is pretty lucky to have daddy in her life.  Not only is he a great guy but he is a professional when it comes to crab legs and getting that awesome meat out of those shells.  When mom’s fingers give in from her arthritis, dad is always a gentleman and steps up to crack hers for her.  aaww – isn’t he a keeper?

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And did I say that these crab legs were prepared in a spicy boil.  So when you ate them, you got some heat.  Not just heat from them being just out of the pot but heat as in spicy heat.  After all those crab legs, daddy had to have something sweet that he shared with mom.

Yep, that was ONE slice of birthday cake – peanut butter cake to be exact.

 
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Posted by on 01/07/2016 in Bacon

 

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Field Trip with Bashful

Do you ever wonder what Bashful does in between his globe trotting around the world?  When he does land here at the Hotel Thompson, there are certain events on his calendar that he maintains.  But over the weekend, mom/dad decided to take him for the Penny Game.  You don’t know what that is?  Check out my blog here where I posted about it over the weekend.

So they gave the penny to Bashful for the flipping.  Let’s just say that was interesting all in itself.  Every time he flipped the penny, he flipped himself – snorts.  But he led them to an area that was full of restaurants and it was dinner time so they went to Longhorns Steakhouse.  They were celebrating Bashful being home and mom needed a fill out of food.

This is Bashful talking to daddy.  They were discussing what to order because it seems that little rock was starving as well.  He said that he was thinking of something hearty and delicious – he missed mom’s southern cooking – awe.  Daddy tried to explain to him that we all missed it too because mom hasn’t been cooking southern meals too much lately – snorts with piggy laughter.

So they talked and discussed the options of something delicious to eat.  They did decide on a drink order and let me tell you, that little Bashful was thirsty.  He nearly drunk this entire glass of soda in one swallow.  I hope there is a bathroom near by.

Mommy had a coupon for a free appetizer.  Leave it my mommy to save money wherever she can!  Mom/dad chose what they call here as a Texas Tonion which are little petals of onions, battered and then deep fried.  They are then drizzled with sour cream and served with a zesty sauce.  The sauce is not too spicy but yet just enough to say hey there how you doing.  Bashful could not get enough of these things.

Mom/dad kept telling him that he didn’t want to eat too much because he had a big dinner coming his way.  He said that he could do it – he had the stomach of a rock – snorts with piggy laughter.  So he ate and ate and ate.

 Then one time, mom excused herself to go to the visit the facilities.  As in good southern fashion, both of the guys (Bashful and daddy) stood up while she got up and left.  When mom came back, she couldn’t find Bashful.

He had moved from the onion petals and was now snorting down buttered bread straight from the oven.  It was still hot and so delicious that he jumped right in to the middle and was trying to eat his way out.  Shaking my head – I’m telling you that my rock can put the food away for sure!

Mom/dad were able to snag one or two pieces of that bread before Bashful ate it all.

 Then dinner was finally served.  OMP – look at that meal!  I would not be telling the truth if I didn’t tell you that I was a little bit jealous over that meal.  Look at it – grilled to perfection.  Mom hardly ever eats steak but her iron has been down and it was recommended that she eat one or two a month.  Let me tell you, she said this steak tasted and looked so like perfection she didn’t want to mess up the picture.  Of course, Bashful helped her eat it.  And it was delicious!  Looks at the marbling and grill marks – have you seen anything so beautiful?

 Afterwards, can you believe everyone still had room for dessert?  And really who wouldn’t with this dessert.  The staff brought Bashful his own little sundae and mom/dad had peanut butter cheesecake – licking my piggy lips now.

A special thank you to Longhorns and our wonderful server Lauren who also got to meet Bashful!  THANKS!

 

 

 
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Posted by on 11/09/2015 in Bacon, Bashful Field Trip, Pet Rocks

 

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National Sandwich Day

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here – 

Keeping my paws on the nuts of the world!

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Friends – this is an awesome day – National Sandwich Day!  Sandwiches are so varied in how you can make them – what bread, what meats, hot or cold, grilled, pressed, open or closed, condiments, toppings – sigh – let me slow down.  The options are out there my friends.  Do you know how the day got started?

English history says that John Montagu was the 4th Earl of Sandwich.  He was a heavy gambler and would spend hours at the tables in London’s gambling halls.  In 1762, he created the sandwich by putting meat between two pieces of bread.  This allowed him to stay at the tables longer to gamble.  Thus, the sandwich was made.

And do you know what Elvis Presley liked on his sandwiches?  Peanut butter, banana and bacon (sorry Bacon) and then it was grilled.  It does sound interesting in a round about way.

And do you have a Subway restaurant in your area?  Today if you buy a sub and a 30 ounce drink, you get a free sub to share.  Now that sounds like an awesome way to spend today.

 
 

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Dad is on Crack

  Here is the proof – dad is on crack.

He’s been on it for over two weeks now and he is fully addicted.  He says the power is so strong that he lives and breathes this crack.  Poor dad.  He needs to go into rehab to get off of it.  I don’t really blame mom.  I mean hey, she did cook it up but it’s not like she forced dad to get hooked.  I guess in a way you can say mom is the pusher though.  Why else would she keep this junk in the house where daddy can find it and overdose in it.  I would like to say I feel sorry for daddy but he’s not sharing the good stuff he said.  So I don’t know how addictive it is or not.

And trust me, mom put the works in this stuff.  Pretzel sticks, peanuts, peanut butter M&M’s, raisins and butterscotch drops.  That was a full bucket.  But every time daddy goes into the kitchen, he comes out with a paw full.  Poor daddy – shakes piggy head – what a user!.

 
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Posted by on 09/29/2015 in Bacon

 

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Shopping Around the World

My friends – thank YOU so very much for everyone’s wonderful responses to my and Fozzie’s Shopping Around the World blog posts.  We are having so much fun seeing the different prices from around the world AND looking at some intriguing recipes and dinner suggestions.  They are so totally awesome!  Let’s keep up the great work – remember to link back to my blog here so we can keep up with who is playing and keep up with all of the recipes.

This month we focused on FIVE items of your choice in a dessert.  MMM – licking my piggy lips – this sounds so delicious already!  My mommy promised to make me and daddy one of her all time wonderful desserts – Easy Peanut Butter Pie.

   Now I know you are looking at this picture and going there’s six ingredients not five.  Bacon, can your mom count?  Yep, she can.  One is up to you.  Let’s break the items down first with prices:

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust – $1.50; Jif Peanut Butter, smooth – $2.50; Lite Whip Cream – $1.00; Cream Cheese – $1.00; and Confectioner’s Sugar – $3.29; Reese’s Mini Cups – $.69= $9.98

Now you really can’t say this easy Peanut Butter Pie cost $10.00 to make because it didn’t.  You’re not going to use the entire jar of peanut butter or the entire bag of confectioner’s sugar.  With that in mind, I would guess perhaps around $5.00.  And the Reese’s Mini cups are optional.  Mom just thinks they look pretty decorated on the finished pie.  And yes she got the mini cups because the paper is already taken off of them – that’s right.  Mom goes for easy – easy to eat while decorating the pie that is – snorts.

  Directions from mom for Easy Peanut Butter Pie:

Make sure that the cream cheese and cool whip are at room temperature.  Mix the cream cheese (1 package), 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar and 1/2 cup peanut butter until smooth.  Fold in 1/2 of the whipped topping.  Spoon the mixture onto the chocolate graham cracker crust.  You can use regular flavor graham cracker – the chocolate just kicks it up a bit.

Please the remaining whip cream topping over the pie.  Now we garnish with chopped up Reese’s peanut butter cups.  This is optional.  You can also drizzle with chocolate.  Chill for at least two hours or overnight.  Now, I would like to say that this picture is what mine looked like.  We made the pie.  Popped it in the fridge overnight and then after dinner the next night we had some friends over and ate the pie…. without taking a picture of it!  Of course, that could have given us an excuse to make another 🙂 winks.

 
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Posted by on 08/26/2015 in Shopping Around the World

 

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Shopping Around the World

My friend Fozzie and I have scheduled a group posting today of Shopping Around the World.   We thought it would be interesting to see the differences between different countries all over.Here are our prices for the following from our area – Georgia USA.

 Items to price this month:

  • Milk.  Mom usually buys 1/2 gallon store brand which lately has been on sale for $1.00
  • Tomatoes.  Mom loves Roma tomatoes.  They are small but meaty.  She bought some for the dinner at $1.29 a pound – that was about 4 tomatoes.
  • Canned Product.  Black beans.  How could you possibly go wrong with black beans – especially when you can buy store brand for a $1.00 a can.  Mom bought two cans for the meal.
  • Homemade Dish.  Jalapeno Cornbread with Black Beans 🙂 yum – see below
  • Random Item of your choice.  Jalapeno.  Mom bought one very large one and it only cost $0.69 the day she was at the market.

 Okay my friends.  Mommy went easy – really easy on this month’s Shopping Around the World – go mom!  She was able to combine all of her prices and items into the Homemade Dish – which is one of our favorites here at the Hotel Thompson.

Jalapeno Cornbread made with with a diced up Jalapeno (according to taste how much you throw in), cup of milk, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 1 cup of cornmeal and shredded cheddar cheese.  We have a small iron skillet that will serve four slices of cornbread.  Mix ingredients, except for shredded cheddar cheese, and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  When done turn over skillet onto a plate and top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Black Beans with tomatoes, diced Jalapeno’s and diced red onions. So easy here – snorts.  Open store bought black beans and heat over the stove on medium heat.  Add a little chicken broth (or whatever broth you have on hand), diced Jalapenos (to taste for heat) and diced tomatoes.  When bubbles, turn down to low and stir.

When bread is ready, spoon black beans into bowl and top with more diced tomatoes.  Mom even added some cilantro into the mix this date.  A meal made for a king and queen.  Filling and hot for a cold rainy night that we seem to be having a LOT of lately.  Happy eats my friends.

Oh… and this entire meal when you break it down ends up to be around less than $6.00 for two people.

I hope you had fun my friends with this month’s edition of Shopping Around the World.  Hope to see you shopping soon!

 
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Posted by on 03/27/2015 in Bacon, Shopping Around the World

 

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Peanut Butter and Jelly

Licks piggy lips just thinking about this combination.  And yeah, I would throw a banana in there as well – way to go my inspiration Mr. Elvis.  Peanut butter and jelly go together like baseball and hot dogs – like soda and popcorn – like beer and nuts – you get the picture?  It’s a great combo that I frequently beg for… along with a banana – snorts.  And one of my favorite past times is giving the purr things here peanut butter.  Oh dear piggy heavens above – *that* is definitely something to watch.  (NOTE: No harm was done to the purr things in my amusement).

My dad is a HUGE Poptart fan.  Don’t ask me why.  He never grew up is what I’m thinking – oinks.  Well there is a new flavor called – what did you expect – peanut butter and jelly.  He bought a box and I admit it the man actually shared a bite with me.  I think it’s because of mom’s stand fast rule here at the Hotel Thompson, “Don’t eat in front of the pig unless you plan on sharing with the pig”.  Any who, every since I tried it – I LOVED THEM.

And oh my pigs – the commercial on television for them is outrageous.  Although, I have read some on the internet about it being controversial.  Can you imagine that?  A Poptart commercial for peanut butter and jelly being an eye opener for people?  I know you want to see it now, am I right?  Snorts 🙂  Don’t worry – I found it for you.  Watch and let me know what you think my friends.

 
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Posted by on 03/18/2015 in Bacon

 

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